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Richard Allport Artist Q&A second round questions…

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

 Richard Allport Artist round 2 questions

Q1: What are the training DVD’s about specifically?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Because there is only so much you can put into a workshop or even a series of workshops I had always planned to do a large-scale set of DVD tutorials that encapsulated everything I’d learned “on the job” so to speak.

The natural way to do this was as a set of step-by-step guides that demystified the creativity process from beginning to end. When you work long enough in the creative industries you learn that you can use techniques and methods to get very good results very fast, if you know what buttons to press and what gives you the most impact for the level of effort you put in. You can achieve amazing results in a surprisingly short amount of time; all you have to do is have the want to give it a go.

So the DVD set will totally break the creative process down and reform it in a very easy to understand and instinctive way, but also in a new and unique way never presented within the education system before. You don’t even need to be able to draw!

Q2: Do you have a CV or Biog that you can put up on here so people can read what you’ve done?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes, give me a couple of days and I’ll upload it in its own post.

Q3: Do you have any new workshops planned? If so can you describe what they’re about?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes loads. Without wanting to spoil the surprises there are themes including mythical creatures, how shockingly suggestible we all are, understanding confusion (!) and a crazy one called “How to cheat and lie!”

Q4: Do you provide private tuition for individuals or groups?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes absolutely! Each one is bespoke for that person or organisation so if you want any details on this at any level please get in touch directly.

Q5: How is the dragon puppet going and can we see some more development pictures?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Its about to emerge from the moulding process. It had a slight delay due to work commitments and then I had lovely bronchitis! I will post pictures of the silicone skins as they emerge from the moulds soon!

Q6: How many of the new Creativity Break interviews are planned?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Quite a few, it’s taking a while to type them all up in-between doing everything else but several are done and will be posted on here in the near future.

Q7: Can you say more about the weird events that you’ve described happening at schools in several of your posts? My son saw one and hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

A: Richard Allport Artist: Only that if you’re at a local school keep your eyes peeled and don’t blink or you’ll miss them!

Q8: Can you upload any videos of the model making processes you use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: There are several “making of” videos being edited at the moment that will be uploaded to our video channel that you can watch and download for free. Check back soon to check them out!

Q9: Do you work with recommended suppliers of the hardware and software you teach and use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes. We’re currently in talks with the lovely people at PC World about a national deal for schools so we can supply the best hardware and software at the best price and with the best after sales service. More news of this and what decision we come to will follow…

Q 10:  Can you say any more about the potential large project with Q3 Academy mentioned in earlier posts?

A: Richard Allport Artist: ………………………………………….no………….shhh!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Sir James Dyson’s (Expensive) Bladeless Fan……..

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Take a look and see what you think…I think its around £200 GBP. Binary opposites are an interesting way to develop creativity!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Amazing maize mazes!!!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Richard Allport giant-maze

(Click image to enlarge and scramble your brain at how big this is!)

I just got off the phone to a friend who told me about these incredible “Maize Mazes”. As the name suggests they’re mazes made from maize! So instead of me waffling on about how they’re created, visit the link below and go pay them a visit!

Click here to visit the official Maize-maze Association website.

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Richard Allport Artist Q&A first round questions

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Richard Allport FAQ

Many thanks to everyone who sent in questions regarding Easy Art Pro and the services we offer. Unfortunately we can’t publish answers to all the questions asked, so here are what we thought to be the most relevant or entertaining ten for this round:

Q1: Can anyone draw?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Define draw! Making marks on paper with a pencil that look like something? Yes! Making marks on paper with a pencil that look like something real, well again yes if you go about it the right way. My point in answering this would be that if your focus is on replicating an image or an object you’re looking at, isn’t that less drawing, less creative and more like photocopying?

I personally think that even though direct observation is an important part of art and design and creativity too, it’s not the be all and end all. Not to develop how you think and imagine ideas, and express them through drawing is such a waste, and to that end I think anyone can draw. Drawing is far more about learning to look better than making marks on paper!

Q2: Does anyone else offer the same service as Easy Art Pro?

A: Richard Allport Artist: So far my searching hasn’t found any company or individual that has taken the same amount of multi disciplinary experience and specifically developed it for educational purposes, so no, its only Easy Art Pro that’s doing it. Let me know if you find someone else, I’d be very interested to look at their ideas.

Q3: Could there be regional competitions and/ or after school clubs to extend pupil’s learning?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Absolutely. At the moment we are in a period of heavy negotiations with several organisations and corporations about running national level creativity competitions with huge prizes both for pupils and schools.

We are also talking to schools and educational authorities about extending after schools services for creativity workshops too! We will post more news about this when we can confirm it.

Q4: Is Easy Art Pro designed to be taught more to boys or girls?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Being a boy or girl has no relevance at all, all of our teaching modules are non gender specific. We have found overwhelmingly that girls as well as boys get a great deal of satisfaction from what we show them they are capable of.

Q5: What is your favourite picture or design?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Good question…..but I honestly don’t have one specific favourite. There are hundreds or even thousands of brilliantly creative designs in all areas of life. Picking one would be impossible for me. Sorry!

Q6: Did you ever want to be an Art teacher?

A: Richard Allport Artist: (Laughs) No, not in the traditional sense. My approaches to art and design have been formed through actually doing things in the real world and nothing else could have taught me that. I think all teachers do an amazing and almost impossible job, but for me making barmy monsters was always too much of a passion!

Q7: What was the first thing you ever drew?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Apparantly a teddy bear according to my mother. I don’t think it was particularly good and I would guess my foreshortening and perspective were probably a bit rough back then too!

Q8: How is paint made?

A: Richard Allport Artist: (Laughs again) I have absolutely no idea, but I’m glad it is! Try clicking on the image below to link to Wikipedia’s history of paint explanation

 Richard Allport Paint Wikipedia

Q9: Which do you prefer, drawing with a pencil and paper or on a computer?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Difficult one. Reality versus digital, environmentally friendly versus waste. To be honest I find the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done are real three dimensional sculptures. You can’t beat actually having something tangible after all your efforts, but all methods have their place. Sorry if that’s a bit inconclusive.

Q10: What is the largest thing you’ve ever drawn?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Probably zebras as part of the Art company transition week team at Q3 Academy recently, when we painted eighty separate pieces of paper and assembled them as a huge picture of zebras drinking at a watering hole. The final image was three metres tall and nearly as wide and crammed with detail. Apart from that I have done some scenic backdrops that were quite big too!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Easy Art Pro Creativity Break interviews…

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Richard Allport eap creativity breaks

Easy Art Pro introduces a new and informative series of short interviews with people from within education and also outside in real world creative roles, who all have an interest and passion for developing creativity within others.

“The Easy Art Pro Creativity Break” interviews are snippets out of people’s busy schedules and answers to questions on their thoughts about all things educational and creative regarding their particular role or career path.

Each is a free downloadable PDF document and as more are done they will be added to in this news section on a regular basis.

Click here to download the first Creativity break interview with Bob Keen.

Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if you don’t already have it. Its free and very quick to install on your computer.

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Transition week at Q3 Academy… monsters and 300 centimetre zebras!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Richard Allport Artist Q3 transition week

Until this last transition week at Q3 Academy I have only seen the short term and immediate effects of the Easy Art Pro creative workshops, seeing and hearing the pupil’s and teacher’s responses to new ways of creative thinking on the day itself or at the end of a set period of time, and as much as the responses have been brilliant, enthusiastic and rewarding, this previous week has seen me repeatedly picking my jaw up of the floor!

When you experience even the smallest part of the creative nurturing process, as I have been given the privilege to do by several Sandwell schools, you can’t help but hope that the motivation and inspiration you try to provoke within pupils will stay with them beyond a particular workshop or creative talk.

The transition week saw many of the pupils from the local Sandwell junior schools I have worked with, make the move up to the state of the art Q3 Academy and jump in at the deep end into the high tech education stream.

After many enthusiastic shouts of “Hello Mr Allport!” work began on the week’s activities that included video game design, creature, character and monster design for Q3’s first 3D animated short film and the creation of a gigantic image of zebras drinking at a lake composing of eighty individual pieces of students work!

To say that there was a distinction between students I had worked with before at Junior schools, and those I hadn’t, would be an understatement! The Easy Art Pro creative “domino learning” effect was clearly in action, with students who have experienced previous workshops eating up the creative tasks with ease! Even though most of the other pupils coped very well with what they were challenged to do, the workshop savvy pupils seemed (and probably were) already ahead of the competition.

One pupil remarked, “Mr Allport this is easy! We already know how to do all this!” I simply nodded and put my “Shhh” finger up across my lips with a smile.

Moments like this massively validate the notion of nurturing creativity at an early age and stand testament not to underestimate its value. I personally felt proud of the pupils I watched, not because of my influence on them, but at their inner motivation to try, think and succeed. For any of the school’s heads or teachers I have worked with who are wondering how their students are fitting in with their new school, I can tell you now you have nothing to worry about!

To any schools, teachers or heads reading this post who have not thus far worked with the Easy Art Pro methods of creative learning I can only suggest that as the summer holidays are upon us Easy Art Pro workshops begin again in September and early bookings are recommended!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

New “Richard Allport Artist Q&A” launches!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Richard Allport Artist confused

Confused or got a question about what Easy Art Pro does or creativity in general?

No problem! because a brand new Easy Art Pro service starts today with the launch of the “Richard Allport Q&A” facility. Up to this point and questions that students, teachers, members of the education authority or even parents have about the services we offer have been somewhat limited to intermittent emails, phone calls or mostly questions on the day of creative workshops or seminars.

From this point any and all questions about anything creative can be fired at the email address info@easyartpro.com and we will answer as many as we can that have relevance, in this news section.

If you want to remain anonymous then please state so in your enquiry and your identity will be kept confidential.

I look forward to filling in any blanks you may have about what we do and our range of services so please feel free to get typing!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Colouring in without going over the lines at Grove Vale School!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Richard Allport Grove Vale colour

I was once described by an old acquaintance to her colleagues as “someone that colours in for a living!” This phrase sprang to mind as the final two-day workshop sessions at Grove Vale School saw the students see their hard work pay off as they had fun working on their projects in colour only!

All the initial development work they had done over the past several weeks culminated with a final top coat of colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom graphics tablets, which, it transpired, many of the students were going to purchase for themselves to continue their work at home!

I must say that the enthusiasm within these classes was of the highest order and the pupils were hungry to know more and improve their technical skills and imaginations, very encouraging!

Of particular note was the work done by Tyler Phillips- Walters and Jagjit Hayer. Their keenness to push the possibilities of what they could get out of the software and how much they could use their imaginations was brilliant to witness, so a special mention goes out to them, they should be very proud of their efforts!

I look forward to working with Grove Vale again next term and would like to express my deepest thanks for all the help and assistance given by head Andy Lievers, Sally Roberts and all the other staff who have been so supportive over the weeks. (Maybe with the exception of Miss Mannion who told me off (!), although she wasn’t aware of the rabbit fingers I was sticking up behind her head most of the time and seemed puzzled at the pupils continuous laughter during some sessions!)

The creative potential within Grove Vale and the dedication of its staff makes it a place to keep an eye on and is easily one of this areas most outstanding schools!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Design me a Dragon animatronic puppet develops…

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon dev

If you’ve noticed things have been quiet for a while in this news section, its partly because sculpting 2000 scales takes a bit of time!

The 4-foot Dragon head for next term’s workshops has gone from a simple mock up through to finished sculpture ready for moulding.

Shown above is the head and neck in stages of sculptural development, and when cast will have mechanics to make its eyelids blink, nostrils sniff and ears twitch in addition to it gurgling smoke and spitting 5-foot jets of fire from its mouth!

Check back here for continuing progress!

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk

Easy Art Pro welcomes Bob Keen on board!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Richard Allport Bob Keen 001

After a recent working lunch at the beautiful Saxon Mill Restaurant in rural Warwickshire, I am pleased to announce Film industry and Special Effects legend Bob Keen is joining Easy Art Pro.

His Biog reads like an encyclopaedia of film history and he brings with him an unparalleled level of experience, uniquely distinct creative edge and a multi discipline knowledge base that will make him a truly invaluable member of the company!

His enthusiasm for inspiring creativity within others at many levels will help boost the Easy Art Pro presentations and training aids content to an even higher level.

I am so pleased that not only a great creative mentor of his calibre, but also a great friend has joined the fold! Watch this space for further news.

(Pictured above, Bob on the set of Return of the Jedi (second from left), applying prosthetics with the “uber” talented Dave Bonneywell and standing with SFX legend Stuart Freeborn, now in his nineties, the original creator of Yoda.)

Richard Allport 2010

www.easyartpro.com, www.richardallport.com, www.fruitbrush.co.uk